Recycled Art Projects

In this activity you will create an amazing new item from reused objects found around your house.


Gather safe, used items from around your house that would either be recycled or thrown out.


Brainstorm with your class or your family. What can you make with these items? Something useful? Something to play with? An art piece to share? Get creative!

*Grades PreK/K/1 and Grades 2-3 should ask an adult to help if doing this at home.

Suggested Materials

  • Glue
  • Scissors or box cutter
  • Tape
  • Paint
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Needle and thread
  • Used items such as:
    • Egg cartons (cardboard or styrofoam)
    • Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
    • Cardboard boxes
    • Old torn clothing or scrap material
    • Scrap wood
    • Clean jars and/or cans
    • Scrap paper from another project
    • Used wrapping paper
    • What else can you find?


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